Kevin Rector, THE BALTIMORE SUN
BALTIMORE (The Baltimore Sun) — More than a dozen civil and religious groups calling for police reform in Baltimore will embark Monday on “Freedom Rides” to Annapolis to spread their message in the state’s capital.
The effort — which includes the ACLU of Maryland, Amnesty International and local healthworkers union 1199 SEIU — was scheduled around the first meeting of the Legislative Public Safety and Policing Workgroup, a task force created by legislators in Annapolis to study public safety issues highlighted by the death of Freddie Gray.
Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 and sustained a spinal cord injury while in police custody. His death on April 19 sparked protests across the city. Hours after his funeral a week later, rioting and looting broke out in the city.